For Motorola, which is working to trim the number of different platforms it uses to power its mobile phones, the open Linux platform means faster development cycles and a reduced time-to-market. It also means lower development costs, the ability to launch new integrated applications very quickly and the flexibility to tailor the look and feel of the phone's interface and applications to its customers' needs. Not all of that is entirely possible with competing evolved platform such as Symbian, Windows Mobile or Palm OS. Linux, however, is not just for the highly functional phones. The majority of the world's mobile phones -- the non data-enabled, classic variety -- are typically powered by operating systems that are proprietary in nature, and often specific to individual handset vendors. Many of these OSs have derivatives of Linux at their core.
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